Loc: Where the ocean meets the sky
And while the people and the government of a country seldomly ask about the price when it comes to land security and defence, the arms business somehow always manages to cash in thrice the initally announced money.
Equally strange how much 'politicians' come right from this arms business, when they suddenly feel their urge to serve the common welfare .. from Wolfowitz to Cheney.
The point is the teething problems would disappear in an instant if the plane suddenly became vital to the survival of the nation.
The development of the Me 262 deviates greatly from that notion.
Yes, but A) The jet engine isn't a new technology exceeding the contemporary limits of metallurgy and engineering in general (The YF-22 started flying in what, 1992?), and B) The Air Force has dropped any pretenses of making the F-22 a fighter-bomber, like Hitler insisted on with the Me-262.
Apples and oranges. I agree with mikew that this is really sounding like a problem of the USAF not exactly making it a top priority- and if the Air Force is anything like the Navy, not much will change until more people start dying.
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